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Jeremy Renner reacts to his Best Actor nom

02.02.2010

It’s always nice to see a star who truly appreciates their success, which is why I’m bringing you Jeremy Renner’s reaction to his nomination for Best Actor in THE HURT LOCKER. It’s the guys breakout role to be sure, and he most definitely knows that he's lucky to be in this spot. Here’s what he had to say when talking to Empire just a little while ago.

"I never knew that I could feel so exhilarated as I did when I was six years old during Christmas, or going to Disneyland for the first time,” says the 37 year-old. “I never imagined this feeling coming back. It’s an amazing high. It really is.”

When asked if he expected this, as THE HURT LOCKER has been buzzing with awards talk for some time, his response was forceful.

“Hell, no!” he admits. “I had zero expectations. What got us through is that we all knew that we had a great script and we had amazing roles. I knew for me, specifically, I had the role of a lifetime. We had to keep fighting through every obstacle and that got us through those moments with flies in your mouth. And when you’re working with Anthony Mackie [who plays James’ no. 2, Sanborn] and Brian Geraghty [as Eldridge, another member of James’ team], it doesn’t get any better than that.”

“I think the first one they called out for us was Best Actor,” he laughs. “I climbed all over Anthony and jumped in his arms! He’s my brother for life. It was awesome. We are truly blessed.”

Anyways, as I said, it’s nice to see someone legitimately thankful and surprised for something like this. He’s definitely my pick for the statue, as Freeman as Mandela seems too easy, and George Clooney was essentially playing himself in UP IN THE AIR if you ask me. I still have to see CRAZY HEART and A SINGLE MAN.

What about you guys? Think he deserves it?

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9:10AM on 02/03/2010

Loved him in Unusuals

Shame that show got canceled
Shame that show got canceled
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3:37AM on 02/03/2010

super nice guy

this guy is one of the most humble celebrities i've met. he comes home to modesto all of the time. while no one really bothers him here ( i don't think many people know who hes is) every time i've seen someone approach him, he's always polite and willing to talk about film. i hope he gets the oscar, he's really talented and i'm proud he's from my hometown.
this guy is one of the most humble celebrities i've met. he comes home to modesto all of the time. while no one really bothers him here ( i don't think many people know who hes is) every time i've seen someone approach him, he's always polite and willing to talk about film. i hope he gets the oscar, he's really talented and i'm proud he's from my hometown.
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9:10PM on 02/02/2010

DAHMER

I actually gripped the DAHMER movie in which he starred and the guy is a class act. Humble and hilarious. I've got my fingers crossed for him!
I actually gripped the DAHMER movie in which he starred and the guy is a class act. Humble and hilarious. I've got my fingers crossed for him!
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6:26PM on 02/02/2010

Congrats!

Renner was incredible in LOCKER and I think I'm as surprised as everyone else with this nom, I rwally hope he gets it.
Renner was incredible in LOCKER and I think I'm as surprised as everyone else with this nom, I rwally hope he gets it.
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6:14PM on 02/02/2010
Renner is definitely the dark horse but who cares? He deserves this nomination!
Renner is definitely the dark horse but who cares? He deserves this nomination!
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4:38PM on 02/02/2010
He deserves it and he's awesome! I totally adore him even more now, go the Renner!
He deserves it and he's awesome! I totally adore him even more now, go the Renner!
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4:29PM on 02/02/2010
Renner rocked but Firth should get it. Seeing Crazy Heart Friday so we'll see about Bridges. Damn he's 37!! I thought he was mid twenties.
Renner rocked but Firth should get it. Seeing Crazy Heart Friday so we'll see about Bridges. Damn he's 37!! I thought he was mid twenties.
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4:28PM on 02/02/2010

Most Definitely!

Renner all the way. Thanks Paul, glad I'm not the only one who noticed Clooney playing himself. Love the guy but not Oscar worthy...
Renner all the way. Thanks Paul, glad I'm not the only one who noticed Clooney playing himself. Love the guy but not Oscar worthy...
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3:57PM on 02/02/2010
Im glad for him. And I disagree about Clooney playing himself, I thought he gave a very subtle performance. But, I hope Jeff Bridges wins, even if I havent seen Crazy Heart yet.
Im glad for him. And I disagree about Clooney playing himself, I thought he gave a very subtle performance. But, I hope Jeff Bridges wins, even if I havent seen Crazy Heart yet.
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3:50PM on 02/02/2010
Also, it sucks that Sam Rockwell didn't get nominated for his performance in Moon. He has been doing great work ever since I saw him in The Green Mile and it would have been nice to see him get recognition for his great work from the last couple of years.
Also, it sucks that Sam Rockwell didn't get nominated for his performance in Moon. He has been doing great work ever since I saw him in The Green Mile and it would have been nice to see him get recognition for his great work from the last couple of years.
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3:48PM on 02/02/2010
I like all the actors who got nominated this year, even though I haven't seen all of their movies yet. Only ones I have seen are The Hurt Locker and Invictus but I really want to see the rest of the movies too. I am happy for Renner because he seems like a very cool, nice guy and he gave a great performance in The Hurt Locker. I would love to see him win, but I think Jeff Bridges is going to win for Crazy Heart, which I wouldn't mind. The dude deserves it.
I like all the actors who got nominated this year, even though I haven't seen all of their movies yet. Only ones I have seen are The Hurt Locker and Invictus but I really want to see the rest of the movies too. I am happy for Renner because he seems like a very cool, nice guy and he gave a great performance in The Hurt Locker. I would love to see him win, but I think Jeff Bridges is going to win for Crazy Heart, which I wouldn't mind. The dude deserves it.
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3:44PM on 02/02/2010

good for him

i'm glad to see a star especially one of his age (in hollywood 37 is like old age) have such a great reaction to his nomination. I really wish Sam Rockwell would have been nominated for Moon but i guess the whole film got kinda overlooked. If he had been i'd have a struggle to see who i wanted to have it more. i havent seen Crazy Heart yet but i know Bridges is no slouch so Renner might have some tough comp. But its good to see someone still be appreciative even if everyone knew he was gonna
i'm glad to see a star especially one of his age (in hollywood 37 is like old age) have such a great reaction to his nomination. I really wish Sam Rockwell would have been nominated for Moon but i guess the whole film got kinda overlooked. If he had been i'd have a struggle to see who i wanted to have it more. i havent seen Crazy Heart yet but i know Bridges is no slouch so Renner might have some tough comp. But its good to see someone still be appreciative even if everyone knew he was gonna get the nom.
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3:42PM on 02/02/2010

GUD 4 HIM! HE ROCKS!

I CAN C HIM PLAYING LIONO IN A TCATS MOVIE! ANYWAYS CONGRATS JEREMY
I CAN C HIM PLAYING LIONO IN A TCATS MOVIE! ANYWAYS CONGRATS JEREMY
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3:25PM on 02/02/2010
The only person I'd like to see win besides Jeff Bridges... And honestly I think the only one that could. Clooney already got it. Firth is good but doesn't have a big following. We all know Freeman can play Nelson Mandella. But Renner could pull an Adrien Brody and take it. It'd be pretty crazy but I'd be fine with it.
The only person I'd like to see win besides Jeff Bridges... And honestly I think the only one that could. Clooney already got it. Firth is good but doesn't have a big following. We all know Freeman can play Nelson Mandella. But Renner could pull an Adrien Brody and take it. It'd be pretty crazy but I'd be fine with it.
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2:55PM on 02/02/2010
I was glad to see he gained a nomination, not so hip on Clooney's performance either as all Clooney did was play himself
I was glad to see he gained a nomination, not so hip on Clooney's performance either as all Clooney did was play himself
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2:41PM on 02/02/2010
Renner all the way!
Renner all the way!
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2:23PM on 02/02/2010
I have been a huge fan of Renner's ever since National Lampoon's Senior Trip! That flick was funny as shit, and i have been excited every time i have seen him in flicks since (notably S.W.A.T and of course Hurt locker)... so my pick for the statue is either him or Bridges (i have not seen Crazy Heart, but bridges is the star of my all time favorite flick Arlington Road, so he should be an Oscar winner for that in my opinion)!
I have been a huge fan of Renner's ever since National Lampoon's Senior Trip! That flick was funny as shit, and i have been excited every time i have seen him in flicks since (notably S.W.A.T and of course Hurt locker)... so my pick for the statue is either him or Bridges (i have not seen Crazy Heart, but bridges is the star of my all time favorite flick Arlington Road, so he should be an Oscar winner for that in my opinion)!
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2:16PM on 02/02/2010

Conrats!

Well spoken, man. Congrats on all your hard effort in giving us this powerful performance.

Can't believe he's 37. I thought he was 31 or 32.
Well spoken, man. Congrats on all your hard effort in giving us this powerful performance.

Can't believe he's 37. I thought he was 31 or 32.
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2:14PM on 02/02/2010

Doesn't Top Bridges

Loved The Hurt Locker. Kathryn Bigelow did an amazing job, and she'll win her well-deserved statue. Loved the script, and I'm glad Mark Boal got the nom as well.

Not too hip on Renner, though. Remembering S.W.A.T. (yes, I saw S.W.A.T.), it seemed like a vaguely similar role -- cocky badass, etc. Initially, the role didn't wow me, as it wasn't much of a stretch. On second and third viewing, post-Awards hype, I became increasingly doubtful that he deserved a nomination, but knew he'd
Loved The Hurt Locker. Kathryn Bigelow did an amazing job, and she'll win her well-deserved statue. Loved the script, and I'm glad Mark Boal got the nom as well.

Not too hip on Renner, though. Remembering S.W.A.T. (yes, I saw S.W.A.T.), it seemed like a vaguely similar role -- cocky badass, etc. Initially, the role didn't wow me, as it wasn't much of a stretch. On second and third viewing, post-Awards hype, I became increasingly doubtful that he deserved a nomination, but knew he'd probably get one (as a rep of the lauded Locker).

Anthony Mackie, for me, was the standout. He had the more emotionally dynamic part, having to react to the bull-headed Renner. He was good, don't get me wrong, but for Best Actor, I think it was Sam Rockwell who deserved a spot among the five.

As far as the win, it's Jeff Bridges, hands down. Say what you will, but it's a lock. For as slowly paced as Crazy Heart is (though not too slow, mind you), it's Bridges' charm and authenticity that carry the film. Glad Maggie got a nom, too. She was wonderful.

Also, I don't agree with the Clooney note. Sure, on the surface he played a suave, well-dressed smooth-talker. But he was able to channel the spirit of a lonely, tortured man so out of touch with the world and lacking any real human connection, his home is the air (sorry to get a bit poetic there). Freeman was no surprise, but frankly, it's a lackluster nom (and "too easy," as you say). Firth is a deserved nominee, though just that. Again, it's Bridges.
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2:07PM on 02/02/2010

Renner ROCKS!

Good ups to him! Congrats and I hope he wins, now let's get Hawkeye going gosh darn it do-hickey!
Good ups to him! Congrats and I hope he wins, now let's get Hawkeye going gosh darn it do-hickey!
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